Letters to the Editor

Remembrance and justice: Shockoe Bottom Memorial

Every week, a new story of some city, county or state’s decision to keep or remove a memento of the Confederacy captures our nation’s attention.

Vote out those who weakened school truancy law

Re “RPS attendance officers’ jobs on chopping block despite crucial need, service,” Free Press March 14-16 edition: It was unconscionable for members of the Richmond delegation to the General Assembly to vote to defang the truancy law.

Gaming the college admissions system and defunding K-12 public education

Re “Stand by your plan: Mayor Levar M. Stoney pushes his proposed tax hikes despite opposition and criticism” and “Fallout continues from college admissions scandal,” Free Press March 14-16 edition: The indictment of 50 people in a fraudulent scheme to ...

No more taxes

Re “More taxes: Mayor Stoney proposes tax hikes on real estate, cigarettes and utility rates to generate more money for city needs,” Free Press March 7-9 edition: I see that Mayor Levar M. Stoney wants to raise more taxes in ...

Women, the draft and equality

A federal judge in Texas ruled last month that the all-male draft in the United States is unconstitutional. For many decades, there have been divisions in our military — the 442nd Infantry Regiment of Japanese Americans, the African-American Tuskegee Airmen, ...

Virginia, change and the ERA

People have said the Democrats have no central focus. I think we do — and that’s inclusion.

Due process for Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax

Speaking on behalf of thousands of voters who voted for Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax in 2017, we urge Mr. Fairfax not to resign.

Accountability, not disrespect

I could not help but notice the African-American politicians, religious and community leaders who have chosen to side with Gov. Ralph S. Northam. Either they have forgotten or just overlooked his nickname, “Coonman.” Of all the people they could have ...

Dismantle racist systems and start anew

The culture of white supremacy is the foundation upon which this nation was built. It has dominated every system of power in this country for the past 400 years.

Blackface dehumanizes African-Americans

Gov. Ralph S. Northam’s past actions are inexcusable and his current behavior is awful. Explicit, intentional racism is condemned in much of America, but we’re still failing to eliminate implicit racism caused by ignorance, status quo and apathy. Regardless of ...

Forgive and hold Gov. Northam accountable

In the current political challenges facing our Commonwealth, I was taken aback by comments and ideologies espoused by the Rev. Al Sharpton during a gathering at Virginia Union University. I vehemently disagree with Rev. Sharpton’s observations on forgiveness in this ...

Background checks for elected officials

Where are we as Virginians and Americans that we can strip a man of his reputation, career, family and livelihood based on an accusation that has not been proven in a court of law?

‘We all have something bad we have done’

I’d like to put my 2 cents worth in about the people put in office and in charge of running Virginia.

Free Press readers speak on Gov. Ralph S. Northam

Does Gov. Ralph S. Northam have no human decency? The blackface and the Ku Klux Klan outfit each alone speak of racism. Shown together, they speak clearly of racist intent. This was in 1984.

More on 1619

The editorial and letter to the editor highlight some painful ironies of Virginia’s history. In 1619, some Virginians formed the first representative legislature in the New World. A few weeks later, some of those same Virginians purchased and probably enslaved ...